Walk in Baths and Aromatherapy
All of our baths come as standard but you can also combine air and the hydro system to get all the benefits of hydrotherapy. Our hydro-massage walk in bath system helps to relax muscles and ease away the aches, pains and stresses of the day. This promotes a sense of well being and quality sleep which in turn creates a relaxed mind and body on which aromatherapy can work to maximum effect.
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years, the ancient Greeks and Romans used this form of therapy to ease ailments long before modern medicines, pills and potions. Aromatherapy is still used extensively throughout the modern world and certain cultures rely on this style of therapy as their first port of call. It seems a natural progression to combine these ancient remedies with our modern appliances.
So what is the best?
Essential oils are the concentrated forms of natural extracts that are used in aromatherapy, although they may seem expensive to initially purchase only a few drops are needed for each use. Never use undiluted essential oils as they are very concentrated and can harm the skin.
Carrier oils are oils that are used to dilute the essential oils, the most common are sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil and olive oil. When preparing your oil for your walk in bath use approximately 7-12 drops of oil in each fluid ounce of carrier oil depending on the strength of aroma you wish to have. A single fluid ounce should be sufficient for a relaxing soak.
Before you Bathe
Always read the labels of the essential oils for contraindications and test on your skin before using. The best and easiest way to do this is to use 1-2 drops of the solution, carrier and essential oil, place this on the inside of your elbow and leave for 24 hours. If there has been no reaction, such as a rash or itching it is safe to use. If all is ok run your bath as usual and pour the oil in the running water to ensure that the oil is dispersed into all of your bath, this will ensure you get the best effects of the aroma on your body. The temperature of your bath should be comfortable, not too hot and not too cold. For a real treat why not put on some of your favourite relaxing music and maybe a few candles to give yourself the full relaxation treatment.
There are quite literally hundreds of different types of essential oils that can be used in your walk in bath, I have listed below ten of the most common to find with a brief description of ailments they have been noted to help aches and pains and a few other ailments.
Lavender oil has been noted to have anti inflammatory and analgesic properties, this sweet smelling aroma is good for relaxation and easing general aches and pains.
Chamomile has been used to treat headaches , neuralgia and muscle and joint pain. Although commonly used as herbal infusion Chamomile has been used for centuries in aromatherapy.
Peppermint oil can be used for lots of ailments such as nausia,
indigestion and stomach aches, in a walk in bath peppermint is good for back ache and de-congesting the sinuses.
Eucalyptus oil is used for general pain relief , sinus congestion and muscle injuries.
Ginger oil can be used for rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions such as M.S.
Majoram is a herb closely related to Oregano and has been noted to help with osteoarthritis and rheumatism.
This sweet smelling herb usually associated with roast lamb has been used as an essential oil to help treat rheumatism and has been noted to have anti inflammatory and analgesic properties.
A few drops of Juniper Oil solution in your walk in bath has been noted to ease the pain of hemorrhoids.
Wintergreen Oil has been noted to help with skeletal pains, neuralgia and athritis
Cayenne Oil is very potent and caution should be used if choosing this essential oil and should be very diluted, it is noted to help with most types of severe pain.
As with all forms of therapy guidance should be sort from healthcare professionals before using, you may also be able to get help and guidance from your local herbalist store, there are usually high street chain stores and independent stores that will happily give you advice.
Once you have got your advice and ensured you have everything set up in your bathroom prepare yourself for a relaxing and therapeutic treat in your walk in bath. Relax and enjoy the soothing sensations that aromatherapy can bring.